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February, 2017

Rootstock Radio: Jay Feldman on the Pesticide Problem

Listen to Part 1:  Download Part 1 Listen to Part 2:  Download Part 2   In this two-part episode of Rootstock Radio, host Anne O’Connor talks to Jay Feldman, founding executive director at Beyond Pesticides, Since its founding in 1981, Jay has helped build the nonprofit organization’s capacity to assist local groups and influence national pesticide policy …

February 20th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness

Schoolyard Farms

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders. And if that’s the case, it makes good sense to focus on education if we truly want to build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. A number of organizations do just that: Encourage school children to learn about growing, preparing, and enjoying healthy organic foods. Farm-to-cafeteria programs, school garden …

December 28th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Rootstock Radio: The Lasting Impact of “Greenhouse to Kitchen”

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Sarah Tedeschi and her daughter Rose Bruce. Both Sara and Rose are pursuing paths in food, nutrition and agriculture—Sara in her career and current work as the National Farm to School Network’s Wisconsin program manager, and Rose in her studies as a sustainable agriculture major at Warren …

August 23rd, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Farm to School with Anupama Joshi

Download   This week on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor speaks with Anupama Joshi, executive director and co-founder of the National Farm to School Network. National Farm to School Network is an organization that brings local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems, and Anupama has been dedicated to this work—the work …

August 11th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: The “Garden-to-Mouth” Experience with Jamie O’Neill

Download This week, Rootstock Radio speaks with Jamie O’Neill, who—after earning her master’s degree in Community Health Education, teaching in Sweden and working on an organic farm in Switzerland—is now a program director for GROW La Crosse. GROW La Crosse is a non-profit organization in southwest Wisconsin that connects children to healthy food and nature …

July 7th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

Spray Season, Chemical Drift, and Killer “-cides”

Unmistakeable signs of spring and early summer include singing birds and greening fields. But if you live in farm country, particularly in the mono-cropped Midwest, there’s a more sinister sign of spring. It rolls along country roads on gigantic tires, with metal wings folded tightly along each side. When it pulls into a field, it …

June 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming

On a Mission to Cure Cancer? Launch an Organic Moonshot

During President Obama’s final State of the Union address, he called for a medical “moonshot” – a renewed mission to find a cure for cancer. While his noble call to action is commendable, it’s not new. Former President Nixon issued a similar charge in 1971 when he signed the National Cancer Act into law, initiating …

February 22nd, 2016  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness  |  2 Comments

The Best and Worst of 2015

2015 was filled with victories and setbacks for the good food movement. These moments, both good and bad, show how far we’ve come and what remains to be tackled in 2016. Here, we recap the best and worst moments in food, farming and agriculture during 2015. The Best of 2015 More of the younger generation going into …

December 24th, 2015  |  Posted by Mickella Geary | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues  |  2 Comments

Conscious Kitchen Redefines School Lunch in Sausalito, CA

On October 6, word came crashing down from on high that sustainability will not be part of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. And why would it, one might contend, since it never has before? What does diet and human health have to do with how we grow our food or manage our natural resources? If that …

November 13th, 2015  |  Posted by Lola Milholland | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness  |  1 Comment

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